Editorial Policies

Editorial statement

European Futures promotes public debate, teaching and research on current and historical subjects related to Europe and European affairs. It features articles which express a wide range of views on the issues facing Europe. Authors are responsible for their own contributions, none of which represent the views of European Futures, the Edinburgh Europa Institute or the University of Edinburgh. The editors will consider submissions received but retain all editorial rights with respect to selecting articles for publication.

Citing our articles

We recommend the following format for citing our articles:

Cram, L, Damro, C, Lock, T, Salamone, A and Scott, A (2015) ‘Welcome to European Futures!’, European Futures (The University of Edinburgh), 24 June 2015, https://www.europa.sps.ed.ac.uk/article-1028 (Accessed 30 June 2015)

Our article links are permanent, so they are suitable for references.

Comments policy

We welcome comments on our articles and we will accept all comments which are reasonable and constructive. In order to ensure discussions remain relevant, we turn off the ability to comment on articles 60 days after their publication. All comments are screened before being published, so there will be delay between when a comment is submitted and when it is visible to others. We endeavour to complete this process as quickly as possible, though during busier periods it may take longer.

We apply the following criteria when judging the suitability of comments:

Email Address

A valid email address is required to leave a comment. Email addresses are not published nor further shared, but they may be used by the editors to contact the commenter in relation to a comment.

Furthering Conversation

Comments should contribute to the conversation and not otherwise excessively deviate from the subject of the article. Those which do not further the conversation will be edited or deleted.


Comments may not include offensive or inappropriate language nor, in the consideration of the editors, be rude or offensive. Such comments will be edited or deleted.

Personal Attacks

Comments may not make personal attacks against anyone. Such comments will be edited or deleted.


Comments which contain several web links are likely to be automatically marked as spam, so commenters are encouraged to limit the number of links in comments.

Commenters who do not adhere to the Comments Policy may be blocked from commenting at the sole discretion of the editors. Should your comment not appear online within a reasonable period of time, and you have no reason to believe it does not meet the Comments Policy, please contact the editors. The editors reserve all rights with respect to all comments. At their sole discretion, the editors may edit, delete, move or mark as spam any and all comments. The editors may also block access to any individual or group of individuals from commenting or from the entire site.

Publication guidance

We publish our articles under a Creative Commons (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International) Licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). In accordance with this license, our articles may be republished in other places, provided that proper attribution is given both to the author(s) and to European Futures, the articles are not changed in any way and they are not used for commercial purposes. As a courtesy, we request that anyone republishing our content contact us and provide us with the details. Please note that, while we publish our articles under the Creative Commons License above, we reserve all rights to all other parts of our site, except where otherwise indicated.